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Back Forty

190 Ave. B , at 12th St.
New York , NY
(212) 388-1990

This spare yet cozy East Village joint, endearingly decorated with old agricultural implements and populated by bearded neo-bohemians, is the brainchild of Peter Hoffman, who was championing sustainable agriculture at Savoy long before the current farm-to-table trend swept up New York. A main course here—say, a grilled Catskill trout with cilantro salsa—will set you back less than a cocktail uptown, while sides run to such marvels as fingerling potatoes strewn with translucent shavings of lardo, or parsnips in a tangy anchovy sauce. The restaurant's claim to fame is its succulent grass-fed beef burgers topped with Heritage bacon and/or farmhouse cheddar. A small, focused wine list showcasing boutique producers, and freshly fried cider-glazed doughnuts complete the scene.

Tip: The restaurant does great brunches, featuring standouts like farm-fresh baked eggs with leeks and Fontina cheese.

Last updated 2012-02-21 22:17:12 UTC
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